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Creative ZEN 2.5" Black 2GB MP3 / MP4 Player

  • USB 2.0
  • 2GB
  • 2.5" TFT
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ZEN is a pocket-sized entertainment system that supports all your favorite digital media, so you can enjoy it all, wherever you go! Whether you're in the mood to watch recorded or downloaded TV shows or movies, soak in an audio book, listen to FM radio, or rock out to your favorite digital tunes, Zen gives you a premium experience.

The 2.5" TFT display offers brilliant 16.7 million color for lifelike photos, dazzling cover art and clear, bright video viewing, even in bright sunlight. You'll never need to squint to read on-screen text, and with ZEN's wide viewing angle, you always have a great view. The equalizer gives you 8 preset options, so you get the perfect audio output for all your media. A single charge will give you 30 hours of audio playback, or 5 hours of video viewing, so ZEN’s as ready to face the day as you are!

ZEN's 2GB flash memory holds about 500 songs or 7.5 hours of video, and Creative includes a built-in SD card slot to give you unlimited storage. Because flash memory is impervious to vibrations and jarring, ZEN is an ideal choice for many activities like motorcycling, which hard-drive based units don't handle well. With helpful extras like a voice recording function, MS Outlook compatibility and alarm clock, ZEN brings you everything you need to enjoy your day in one sleek little package!

  • newegg Ultra-compact, Credit Card-sized Profile Featuring dimensions of only 3.26"x2.16"x0.44", the credit card-sized Creative ZEN is a sleek, shiny companion that slips easily into your pocket for burden-free jogging and travel.
  • newegg 2GB: 500 Songs The Creative ZEN with built-in 2GB flash memory stores up to 500 songs, perfect for building up a complete collection of your favorite music.
  • newegg 2.5-inch TFT Color Screen The Creative ZEN features a stunning 2.5-inch 16.7M color TFT screen with a high QVGA (320x240) resolution for comfortable movie watching, picture viewing and easy menu operation.
  • newegg Multimedia Playback The versatile Creative ZEN supports MP3, WMA, unprotected ACC, WAV and Audible music formats, and plays back video files in MJPEG, WMV9, MPEG1&2, MPEG4-SP, DivX4&5 and XviD formats. JPEG, GIF, TIFF, PNG and BMP image files are also supported.
  • newegg Built-in FM Radio With the built-in FM radio, preset up to 32 radio stations to catch up on the latest sports results, listen to your favorite talk show or navigate your way out of traffic jams.
  • newegg SD/MMC Expansion Slot The Creative ZEN features an SD/MMC expansion slot for additional storage capacity storing more music and movies.


Part Number
MP3 / MP4 Player
2.1 oz.


Memory Type
Flash Memory
Memory Capacity
Expansion Slot


Display Size
Display Type
Display Resolution
240 x 320
Display Colors
16.7 M

Support Formats

Audio Formats
MP3, WMA, non-protected AAC, WAV and Audible 2,3 and 4
Video Formats
Images Formats


Control Type
Button Locking


Audio Recording

Data Transfer

Connection Type
USB 2.0
Compatible Operating Systems
Microsoft Windows XP (Service Pack 2), Microsoft Windows Vista


Headphones Jack
3.5 mm Stereo Jack


Battery Type
Built-in Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
Battery Life(Audio Playback)
Up to 30 hours
Battery Life(Video Playback)
Up to 5 hours

Audio Properties

Audio Extras
8 EQ settings (Acoustic, classical, disco, jazz, new age, pop, rock and vocal)


Tuner Bands
Radio Preset Station Qty

Extra Features

Headphones Included
Alarm Clock
Additional Features
Album Art

Volume restriction

Customizable main menu

Functions as an external hard drive

Organizer: Syncs with and views Microsoft Outlook Contacts, Calendar & Tasks

Minimum System Requirements

USB Port
System Requirements Details
130MB free hard drive space (more for audio content storage)

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  • Jeremy F.
  • 1/24/2013 3:18:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGarbage

Pros: Looks cool, worked for a while, SD card support, intuitive menu.

Cons: Froze all the time after a while. Got to the point I just stopped using it.

Other Thoughts: Waaaaaay too much for this thing.

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  • Juan C.
  • 8/15/2012 12:25:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: You can make your play lists in the MP3. Can play videos formats without too much trouble unlike Coby MP3 players. Sound quality is good in my opinion.

Cons: I've had two of these. The first one lasted about 3-5 months. The second died after just over a month.

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  • Christopher C.
  • 5/1/2009 8:54:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJunk if you use AAC/M4A!

Pros: Nice size.
Nice screen. Very vivid.
FM receiver, which my wife wanted.
SD slot.
USB connection versus some proprietary one.
Great menu layout.

Cons: Despite what the specs state, the device can not play AAC/M4A files. It supposedly can play AAC music encoded by iTunes only, but that does not entitle it to claim full-out AAC compatibility. If only I had checked Wikipedia's entry on the device I would have know before I purchased it. Creative quietly agrees on their support website but does not make any mention to the problems on the product's main site. My whole collection has been encoded with the Nero's AAC and FAAC encoders and, as such, are unplayable. Funny though that my iPod Touch does not have any issues playing these files.

Other Thoughts: Newegg comes through again delivering my order in 2 days!

Other similar devices have true AAC support and a FM receiver. Should have purchased one of those.

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  • Leslie G.
  • 5/1/2009 4:04:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Player

Pros: I have used nearly every day for more than 8 months. It works great. I love the SD card capability. The video is remarkable crisp and beautiful color.

Cons: Using the software interface to put video on the main memory is slow, but I understnd the need for the conversion and the video looks great on the player

Other Thoughts: I am thinking of buying another one for my wife. I might buy the 2 gig. With the SD card interface I wouldn't buy anything more than the 4 gig.

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  • Tim A.
  • 4/15/2009 9:38:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWarranty is useless

Pros: Nice when it works

Cons: Broke after only having it for 5 months (actually a Christmas gift for my kids)

Other Thoughts: Creative Labs is useless. Website does not work, phone numbers put you in a endless loop where you can't talk to anyone. I'm not buying anymore creative products. Wasted over an hour trying to just talk to somebody with no success

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/2/2009 4:22:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsnice

Pros: its great easy to transfer music and vid..

Cons: then only reall thing that bugs me is that the sd card does not sycn with the unit when you tranfer music you have to select the card on the menu and then tranfer. but you can sync the card to the player.. but not the player to the card.

Other Thoughts: i bought an 8 gig micro sd and have placed 10 movies on it..

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  • David H.
  • 3/30/2009 9:53:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSurviving teenager

Pros: Works great, easy to use software and video conversion.

Cons: None - locked up and had to reset once.

Other Thoughts: Survivng a 14 year old for 3 months so far and doing fine - lol.

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  • George W.
  • 3/25/2009 5:54:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWhat can I say but "AWESOME"

Pros: I always liked Creative Products. I was originally thinking of getting an IPod Touch. But, I don't have use for all the applications with it. I just wanted something to either listen to music or watch a TV/Movie on the go.

Cons: Screen is small.

Other Thoughts: Has 2GB hard drive. Need to research how high you can go with SD slot.

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  • Isaac S.
  • 3/13/2009 6:38:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsGreat interface. Poor memory features!

Pros: Creative has a great interface and menu system. Very intuitive and easy to use.

Cons: If you are looking to add memory to this player and use with Napster, DO NOT BUY THIS PLAYER. As many people have brought out, Creative still does not have functionality to inegrate the internal and external memory. It is VERY seperate. When syncing with Napster, the software won't even see the extra memory (unlike the Sanza Fuze which I highly recommend for this application). Until Creative gets thier act together and fixes this issue, this player is not worth the money when SanDisk makes an equally good player with memory integration.

Other Thoughts: The memory card issue is a deal killer if you care about adding memory. If not, it is a good player; no other complaints. But for the sheer fact that Creative's direct competitors do have memory integration, I would not buy this player or any other creative player just for the sheer fact that creative is stubborn and apparently does not care about keeping it's customers. Until they change thier architecture, steer clear of thier products. But don't take my word for it. Go on to Creatives' web site and get on thier user forum. There is a thread for this memory issue and you will be well enlightened there. I wish I had before I purchased this.

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  • Allen L.
  • 3/3/2009 1:51:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsNot flawless, but it's a nice product

Pros: Compact, easy to use. Nice features, especially the SD card slot, which is SDHC compatible. It's a great companion for workouts, travel, and passing time. While the screen isn't the largest, it's quite clear and sharp. In addition to music, it's great for sharing photos. Surprisingly, the video playback beat my expectations.

Cons: -Firmware is buggy. About half the time, I must push the reset button as the unit gets stuck during power-on. Sometimes it even has problems shutting down. This is quite annoying. I would have given a 5-egg rating if it weren't for this issue - almost gave it 3-eggs. A straightened staple is perfect for resetting.

-Battery life is a tad suspect, though it's not a major issue. Use of the lock feature does improve performance.

-Minor nuisance: you can't rewind back to the end of the previous track once the next track has begun. I'm used to doing that, whether it's playing CDs or listening to audio via USB flash drive in my car.

Other Thoughts: I own the 4GB version (black).

Integration of the SD card isn't great, but it doesn't bother me. The SD card is a separate entity, and you must remove it from the player to add/remove files & folders. It's not possible to swap/copy files between the player and SD card, nor is the SD slot recognized on Windows Explorer (at least not in XP Pro).

My review does have a negative tone; but overall, it's a winner and lies somewhere between 3 and 4. I'd recommend this over any Apple product (no Crapple for me).

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